Jennifer Sartin: Mississippi ICU nurse QUITS, blames unvaccinated patients for high Covid cases

A Mississippi ICU nurse requested a transfer because she was suffering from 'compassion fatigue' as 90 percent of state's patients remain unvaccinated


                            Jennifer Sartin: Mississippi ICU nurse QUITS, blames unvaccinated patients for high Covid cases
Jennifer Sartin had to recently resign from working critical care at Singing River Health System due to the mental and emotional exhaustion of seeing people suffer and die from the virus (LinkedIn/jensartinrn)

After a spike in cases attributed to the Delta strain, an ICU nurse in Mississippi stated she no longer has the strength to treat unvaccinated Covid-19 patients after 'seeing more death than I've ever seen in my entire life,' news outlets reported on Thursday, August 12. Nurse Jennifer Sartin told the Sun Herald that she had requested a transfer because she was suffering from 'compassion fatigue.' The Delta variant, which was first identified in India in October 2020, has been found in more than 130 countries globally, according to the World Health Organization. It is reportedly the most transmissible variant of the coronavirus.

The coronavirus is one of the most serious threats humanity has faced in the 21st century. To make matters worse, new strains of the virus are emerging, making it more difficult to combat. Despite the fact that vaccination is available, many people appear to refuse it. It is ironic that while one nurse is complaining of people not being vaccinated, earlier this week, we reported that a nurse Shanda Parish said she won't take the vaccine even after her parents died from the virus. We also recently reported that conspiracy theorists recently tried to cast doubts about the effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccine against coronavirus as they claimed that the CEO of the pharmaceutical giant has not taken it.

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Who is Jennifer Sartin?

Jen Sartin is a nurse at the Singing River Health System in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. According to her LinkedIn profile, Sartin has been working there at the Surgical Intensive Care Unit since June 2018. She was earlier a nursing student at MGCCC for 11 months since 2016, and, prior to that, a Patient Services Coordinator at the North Atlanta Pediatric Associates.

Sartin has an associate's degree in science from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, where she studied registered nursing from 2016-2018. She was a member of the student nurse organization. She also holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from the Georgia State University, from where she graduated in 2007.

 Jackson Memorial Hospital began the vaccination of frontline healthcare workers joining with hospital systems around the country as the COVID-19 vaccine is rolled out. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

According to the Daily Mail, Sartin on Thursday, August 12, said: "I've actually resigned from critical care because I couldn't take it." She expressed her dissatisfaction with sacrificing her time, life, family, and sanity in order to treat others infected with the virus. "To know that people have the option to protect themselves and to protect other people and they're not choosing to do that is so mentally straining," she said.

"When we went from three to eight Covid patients in one week I knew that it was going to be another wave almost - if not worse than - what we did last year," Sartin said. According to data from Outbreak.info, the Delta variant, a highly contagious strain, is responsible for 13% of infections in the state. "This time is different because knowing that a lot of this - or most of the cases - is from unvaccinated patients adds a level of frustration that was not there before."

Anti-vaccine activists hold up signs during a protest in front of the Massachusetts State House against Governor Charlie Baker's mandate that all Massachusetts school students enrolled in child care, pre-school, K-12, and post-secondary institutions must receive the flu vaccine this year on August 30, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts.(Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Mississippi has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the country, and with the deadly Delta variant on the rise, most hospitals in the state are at or near capacity. The state's largest hospitals, according to MSNBC, ran out of ICU beds recently trying to combat the surge. Governor Tate Reeves said 90 percent of patients served in the health system's three hospitals are unvaccinated.

'We need help,' Sartin stated in an interview with MSNBC. "We've been helping as much as we can but we need help from our community." Patients being hospitalized for Covid commonly say to respiratory therapist Lasheia Begnaud, "Please don't let me die," she told the news station. "They regret not taking the vaccine," she added

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